An Opportunity for all!
Week 9: June 1, 2020
Skill of the week: Kicking a ball!
Kicking a ball is a skill that can be difficult for a blind or visually impaired individual. There are several drills that can assist you in developing the skill.
- Use a large and colour contrast ball or one with a sound source in it.
- Have a ball that is soft or partially deflated to prevent it from hurting the foot or travelling too far!
- Create a large targeted area to kick the ball towards. Use sound or light to help with targeting.
- Place the ball on a small flat cone or a slightly raised area to prevent it from moving around when practicing
- Have the child choose a foot to use first. Strike the ball with the inside of the foot to start to control it.
- Have them follow through with the foot past the striking point
- Use alternate feet to determine which one works best
- Try different ways of kicking the ball, trying the toes, the instep, and the heel for fun!
- Paint or create a tactile target on the ball itself to help with a better and more efficient kick.
- Vary the size of the ball
- Use a sound emitting target such as hanging bells on a net to create some auditory feedback on the success of the kick
Game of the week: Mini Golf- Putt Putting around the house!
Indoor (or outdoor!) Mini- golf
With many of our normal outdoor fun activities curtailed let us get prepared for those summer trips to the fair or theme parks that will happen soon hopefully!
Mini golf is a popular pastime for all ages! Prepare the children for those days in the future when they go with their friends. We can adapt this game to our current situation of being homebound and limited to activities. It is also a great way to work on fine motor skills and movement control.
- Create a mini-golf course using household items! Bowls, laundry baskets and boxes can all be adapted to be “golf holes” We have pots and pans, chairs and tables, stairs and walkways, hallways, and doors. Be creative with what you have. Make the Golf Holes auditory by hanging a small bell in it so the ball rings it.
- Choose a ball that is appropriate for age and size. Use small foam balls or soft play balls that will not break random lamps and windows. Soft floor hockey balls could work.
- Use Solo plastic cups to form the target area or use as hole. All they must do is hit it. Tap it to make an auditory target. Place a small flashing light if that is appropriate to the functional vision that the player has. Play in the dark with glow in the dark mini sticks at each hole.
- Make putters out of cut down hockey sticks, plastic play hockey sticks or foam noodles taped together. Use noodles or sticks to form a guide for those having trouble hitting in a straight line.
- If you have a ball with bells in them use them. Make a ball with good colour contrast to help with location using a wiffle ball.
- Cut out a mouse hole in cardboard to make a golf hole.
- You can adapt the game by making it into “Bowling Ball “golf by having them roll it with one or two hands!
- Create a ramp to try either putting up hill which requires more force or putting down a slope off a raised tee.
- Name the holes! “Soap and Scrub” for a bathroom hole, “Bedroom Hamper”, “Flowerpot” (in the yard) Have the students come up with the design and name the various holes. Keep score by making score cards to keep track of progress as they get better.
Equipment of the week:
We have looked at several pieces of equipment useful for adapting games and physical activities. Many are found in Dollar stores, Walmart, and other similar stores. They can be made at home or school.
Hula hoops, Foam Noodles, Bean bags, Ball in a bag, Wiffle balls, Frisbees, Throwing rope, Plastic cones and Skipping ropes all have multi uses for games.
As part of next weeks Activity try and make or find the various pieces as we prepare for a sports day!
I will be looking for pictures and ideas of what works and what other items are out there as well! Prizes will be involved! Maybe some videos!
Here is a recent video about one of our sports days we have run with our partners at PRCVI and school districts around the province.
Websites of the week
BC has been a leader in several sports adapted for the blind and visually impaired. We have resources and contacts for each of these sports. BC hosted the first youth blind hockey programs in Canada and continues to do so. Blind Tennis has also become a popular activity. BC has hosted numerous International and National golf tournaments throughout the years.
Canadian Blind Hockey
Please contact us with any questions or suggestions for resources to add to this program.
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